Avon, Cally and Vila investigates a derelict spacecraft. When they return to The Liberator, they find something else has also returned with them, and Cally finds herself under the influence... See full summary »

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Avon, Cally and Vila investigates a derelict spacecraft. When they return to The Liberator, they find something else has also returned with them, and Cally finds herself under the influence of a alien woman that assumes Cally's appearance and requires the crew to transport her back to her home planet, and only Avon can stop her. Written by Daniel Williamson

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3 March 1980 (UK)  »

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[several minutes into the episode]
Kerr Avon: Cally.
Cally: What is it?
Kerr Avon: Well, it looks like a door. And it's closed.
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A decent but not exactly exceptional episode
8 August 2014 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I don't really have too much to say about this one. It's a very odd episode, especially for "Blake's 7". I'm not convinced that it was a great idea to spend the first seven minutes on silent aliens prancing around wearing silly outfits and doing weird things. However, it once again offers Jan Chappell, who sadly has only four episodes left, some good material and she excels as both Cally and the Alien. The episode also gives Paul Darrow plenty to do as it calls attention to the interesting and, in my mind, hard to define dynamic which exists between Avon and Cally. The extremely long scene depicting the Alien's confrontations with Tarrant and Avon is probably the strongest one. We get to see more of the Avon and Tarrant power struggle and the two alpha males almost come to blows but Vila and Dayna - surprise, surprise - are underused.

While I generally think that the Series Three costumes are much better than the Series Two ones, I found Tarrant and Vila's red and grey outfits ridiculous. They looked like Buck Rogers' pyjamas, especially Vila's. However, Steven Pacey looks even more ridiculous when he runs down the corridor in slow motion wearing the red robes. I found it hard not to laugh. Tanith Lee has a very good understanding of the characters but the storyline wasn't great, I'm afraid. I did like the fact that, in her first scene, Cally is still trying to come to terms with the death of her people in "Children of Auron". The fact that it was Avon who came to check up on her is nice as well since, given his own recent loss, he has some idea how she feels.


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